Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the new book, "Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow." (Wiley, March 2008) He publishes the monthly "Hightower Lowdown," co-edited by Phillip Frazer.
Hightower writes: "The Middle Class these days finds itself in a hole that's even deeper than the Grand Canyon, and, yes, their hole 'is' man-made, made by global corporate executives and their puppets in Washington."
Hightower writes, "McCaffrey has chosen to side with the repressive army in Columbia's internal civil affairs by sending $50 million worth of Huey helicopters, ammunition and other military supplies to Commander Jose' Bonnett. Ostensibly, this gift of weaponry is to help the Columbian Army combat drug trafficking by what the Army calls 'narcoguerillas.' Civilian analysts, however, point out that 'narcoguerilla' is a term coined by the military just so they could get U.S. arms to use against insurgents."
Hightower writes, "Down on your luck, Bucko? Been fired and finding it hard to get rehired anywhere? Trying to make ends meet in the lean and mean, corporate '90s with only a few weeks severance pay? Well that's because you're on the wrong end of the corporate ladder, Bucko! If you were at the top, you could actually enjoy getting bounced."
Hightower on the predicted end of the universe in which the sun and stars explode and turn into "dwarf" stars and black holes, "Now, I ask you, is this not already happening in Washington? Don't the dwarfs rule? And doesn't Newt Gingrich himself signal the beginning of the 'degenerate era?'"
Hightower writes, "Here they come, stampeding to the Pentagon's money trough. It's Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman and other giant military contractors who are products of recent corporate mergers, and who now expect us taxpayers to pay them for merging, even though their corporate restructurings have resulted in thousands of workers being handed pink slips. 'Payoffs for Layoffs'. That's what these merger-payments amount to, but believe it or not, the Congress is going along with this scam, authorizing the payments in the latest defense-spending bill."
Jim Hightower writes, "While the Republicans and the media had a field day with Hillary, hooting at her imaginary chats with Ghandi and Mrs. Roosevelt, it turns out that she's no more touchie-feelie than the corporate big wigs who routinely are enrolled in programs with "Human Potential Consultants" -- apparently to "get in touch" with their inner executive. At least Hillary is conversing with altruists and humanitarians -- the executive-suite crowd is more likely trying to commune with the Robber Barons or with such modern day thieves as Michael Milkin and Donnie Trump."
Bio-engineers in Denmark recently scrambled some new genes into the plant that makes canola oil so it can absorb more weed-killers without dying. But, it turns out this poison-tolerant gene did not stay in the genetically-engineered canola-oil plant -- it migrated almost immediately into the weeds in the field. A bio-engineering "oops" like this can echo forever.
Republicans who voted to cut billions from your Medicare, ostensibly to "balance the budget," are taking that money from you with one hand and quietly feeding it to their powerful contributors with their other hand.
Joseph W. Luter III, boss hog at the nation's biggest pork producer, is buying out his competitors, squeezing out the family farmers who raise hogs, and contaminating the air and water for miles around.
Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: Hightower Lowdown
There's a crime wave underway in America, but the Powers That Be are getting sore necks from looking the other way. When it comes to robbing us blind, the Armani-clad criminals in corporate boardrooms have it over the hoods on the street. While burglary and robbery cost U.S. taxpayers $3.8 billion annually, securities traders alone cream four times that amount from their clients in fraudulent deals every year -- and securities fraud is small potatoes.
"Today, Spaceship Hightower takes you into an alien universe where animals abound ... yet they're really not animals. For example, a dog barks, wags its tail, and even fetches its bone -- yet it's not a dog at all. Instead, it's a computerized creature, a microchip mutt that is riding the latest wave of toy technology: virtual pets."
"A group of Republican attorneys general have devised a sneaky way to take secret campaign contributions from tobacco companies, high-tech firms, gun makers, and other giant corporations, promising not to file big lawsuits against them."
Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc.
"There are laws in our country that proclaim to human criminals 'three strikes and you're out' -- why not for corporations? Each year, hundreds of doctors, lawyers and other professionals have their licenses permanently revoked -- why not corporations? People who murder are removed from society -- why not corporations?" A fiery selection from Jim Hightower's new book, "If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote, They Would Have Given Us Candidates."
"There's a bunch of cranks out there suffering from a raw case of 'class envy.' No, I'm not talking about your ordinary working stiffs. Instead, this is a case of Executive Class Envy -- multi-millionaires who are becoming more and more envious of the growing crop of youngish mega-billionaires in our society."
"More and more cranky rich folks are literally lifting themselves above us riff-raff in the slow lanes of life by buying personal helicopters to take them to and fro their suburban enclaves. Of course, it's pricey, but what's money good for if you can't look down at the rabble below?"
"Three years ago John Deutch -- head honcho of the CIA -- transferred some 200 of America's secret documents onto computers that he had in his home. But was Deutch prosecuted for reckless endangerment of our secrets, as any other agent would have been? Hardly."
"We've learned in recent years that privacy is passŽ in practically every aspect of our lives as corporate and governmental snoops track our movements at work, in schools, walking down the street, browsing on the Internet ... and now, even while we eat."
"Here's a sorrow-filled story from the New York Times about the personal side of downsizing. It's about the emotional trauma suffered by those who get caught up in the blizzard of pink slips in today's harsh, corporate climate. Only, the Times story is not about the people getting pink slips ... but about the sad plight of bosses who hand them out."
"You've seen the ads pleading for your donations to help save children who live in poverty; ads featuring sad-eyed, malnourished waifs that just tug at your heart. Well, if you really want your heart strings plucked, wait 'til you hear about the tribulations of little Jeffrey, Lisa, and Alexa. Their problem is: They're rich."
"A new study has found that the use of such stimulants and antidepressants as Ritalin and Prozac have increased dramatically in the past few years among preschoolers. What kind of doctors are doing this? Where's the federal 'Drug War' when we really need it?"
"Maybe you can't live forever, but your dog Fido, your cat Fluffy, and all your other pets can. A host of new companies have sprung up which will collect and store your pet's DNA for a fee, with the hopes that someday cloning technology will bring them back to life."
"Today, Spaceship Hightower takes you on a journey to an exotic junkyard, where you can get all sorts of useful spare parts. But these are not parts for your car, or even for your spaceship -- they're spare parts for you."
"When Edgar Rosen bought a Sunbeam Grillmaster home, he found that he was the one getting grilled. At the risk of losing his warranty, Rosen was required to fill out a foot-long questionnaire, demanding he reveal his income, marital status, what credit cards the Rosen household uses, whether anyone there smokes cigars, wears contact lenses, or is a veteran."
"Scientists have patented a process of splicing a flounder gene into the growth-hormone gene of the Salmon, causing the resulting fish to grow twice as fast and more than twice as large as normal. This would seem to be a bonanza for fish farmers -- double the fish in half the time. But it's not nice to try to fool Mother Nature, and the scientists' genetically engineered supersalmon comes with a devastating flaw... "